Green Party ballot access is coming to North Carolina! The North Carolina State Legislature just overturned Governor Cooper's veto of Senate Bill 656. Which means the bill has passed.
With this bill, our requirement to get on the ballot is dropping from a massive 94,000 petition signatures to just 11,778.
We're now poised to make history—we've already collected 3,770 of the 11,778 signatures, and starting right now, we will collect the remainder to ensure the Green Party gets on the ballot for the first time ever in North Carolina.
This means we’ll be able to run Greens—as Greens—for all levels of office, and North Carolina voters will soon be able to register to vote as Greens.
We need your help right now in four critical ways:
1. Help us raise $5,000.
The Green Party of the United States has given us a $5,000 grant to help us get on the ballot. Let's double our impact and raise another $5,000! With these funds, we'll be able to spread the word, hire organizers, and pay petitioners to gather signatures. Please donate now to help ensure we get on the ballot.
2. Sign up for Green Ballot Day.
Green Ballot Day is when we mobilize volunteers like you across the state to collect signatures from voters outside voting precincts on Election Day and during Early Voting days. We've done this for the past few elections and have collected many thousands of signatures in one day. But now that our signature requirement is just 11,778, we may very well earn ballot access in just ONE DAY of petitioning work. This year, thanks to our grant from the national Green Party and thanks to your donations and membership dues, we plan to pay $0.50 per complete, good signature to our volunteers during our Ballot Day drive—that's $10 for a full sheet of good signatures. Click below to volunteer for Ballot Day and to learn more. Hurry, because Early Voting has already begun in most municipalities.
3. Collect some signatures now.
Whether you can do Ballot Day or not, please download our petition sheet and xerox it a few times and collect 10, 20, 30, or more signatures from registered North Carolina voters, and then send the completed sheets to us. Go to our Collect Signatures page to learn more and get the materials you need to begin petitioning on your own.
4. Join the party!
The North Carolina Green Party (NCGP) is one of the few dues-paying Green Parties in the United States. We’re building a membership-based party funded by Greens and run by Greens, which means our members have an equal voice and an equal say in this party—and when we all have a voice and a stake, it keeps corporate influence and elite, big-money candidates out. Membership is open to North Carolina residents age fourteen years of age or older who meet certain criteria: Currently, those who are eligible to register to vote must be registered as Unaffiliated (not Democrat, Republican, or Libertarian). Those who are not eligible to register to vote due to various state disenfranchisement—such as felony record or noncitizenship status—may still become NCGP members. Contact our party secretary, Tommie James, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you feel you are not eligible to vote due to state disenfranchisement. Otherwise, click below to sign up. Our dues are designed to be affordable to all people.